Sunday, May 29 – “Resurrection Songs”
View this recorded version of Sunday Worship from May 29, 2022.
Bible verses: Luke 24:44-53,
Additional Reading: Ann Weems–Psalms of Lament
Reflection: “Resurrection Songs”
Snippets from the sermon by Rev. Dr. Karen McClintock
“According to the gospel and the letters of Paul, Jesus lived among his followers after he arose from that tomb for 40 days (between Easter and the ascension). As I looked through those post-Easter narratives it occurred to me that a new question came up… why did Jesus hang around so long?
He could have immediately, apparently, joined God in heaven, and moved on. But there was work to do, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that what he came to do had a lot to do with healing, and it had a lot to do with restoring the hope of his traumatized disciples.
I define trauma in a couple of books that I’ve written for Fortress Press as a life disrupting painful experience that shakes us to the core, and causes us to rethink our goals and our relationships and our faith.
And during those 40 days when Jesus was with his family and friends, I believe he was healing them of their trauma.
And in this week with so many trauma survivors and so much loss, I’m taken back to those days Jesus’s family and friends were with him, and digging right on into them through a trauma lens, suddenly I realize that James, Jesus Brother, had watched them drag him away, and how many others have seen their loved ones dragged away by police. And then John and others witnessed Jesus being nailed to the cross. And at Golgotha, where those 3 crosses were taking the lives of 3.
Everyone felt the ground shake, and an earthquake happened and darkness came upon the earth, and even then Jesus’s mother stayed in the midst of the pain. His mother steadied herself and endured her Son’s Agony and Martha and Mary of Magdala. They were there until he took his last breath.
And later that same day Peter was so frightened and so overwhelmed by his own trauma and loss and uncertainty, that he denied being part of the movement to avoid being arrested by Pilot’s National Guard and his fellow disciples were despondent, and had given up hope, and they thought everything was finished. Because that’s what it feels like after trauma.
They took Jesus’s body to the graveyard. And the women must have sobbed as they put together the ointments for his body for preparation and embalming. And then, when they found the tomb empty, they could not make sense of it and they remained fearful.
A feeling of dread must have been with them as they spoke to others about it. Would they be believed? Would they be safe? Which is the experience of trauma survivors.”